Exploring Great Artists :: complete art lesson plans

Our Exploring Great Artists ebooks give you everything you need to create your own colorful units to study art at home or in your classroom.  Each volume features a broad range of artists, creative art techniques, and interesting ideas for materials to explore. Complete art lessons for exploring great artists :: artist profiles, creative art projects, supply lists.  25 great artists. The books are written by MaryLea Harris and draw on her many years of experience working with children in art classrooms. MaryLea is an artist, art teacher and mother of two. She combines her formal art training with her hands-on work in schools and art camps to create a resource which is easy to do at home or in class, fun, colorful, and which offers a rich arts education experience.

Complete art lesson plans in each volume

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Kids art :: painting on texture

Remember the kids art idea we tried last week, exploring texture? Here’s what happened when we added painting on top – lovely sensory, textured experiments!

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100 kids art projects

100 kids art projects, organised by material, technique, topic and season

100 kids art projects

Exploring art is such an important part childhood (and beyond!) With just a simple set of materials you are giving your child the opportunity to explore

the math of shapes, colour mixing, geometry and more;

storytelling and language development as they draw characters, create a scene and talk about their art;

sensory experiences as they swirl paint, smear glue and tear paper;

science discovery as they explore the properties of glue, paint and card;

and the uplifting, joyful discovery of their own voice and vision, and the confidence to express themselves.

In this archive of kids art projects you’ll find process art, seasonal crafts, and ideas for exploring new materials. The art projects are indexed by topic, material, technique and theme, to help you find ideas that are just right for your child. Click through, take a look at the all the photos and pick a few to try. Read more »

Sun weaving :: solstice crafts

You know when your children make something and there is a buzz in the air because they’re so pleased with what they’ve made? This sun weaving which we made as a solstice crafts was one of those moments. The children loved the whole process and the end result. Here’s how we made them.

Beautiful sun weaving - perfect solstice craft for kids!

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Autumn art from The Garden Classroom

We’ve been combining two activities from my e-book The Garden Classroom this week to create some beautiful autumn art. Taking the idea of leaf art and adding it to my Sticky Picture frames, here’s what we made. Read more »